Team Stefanou Will Have You Turning a Few Heads!

We are in the throws of prom season, weddings galore, and all kinds of other special occasions that are coming up!  When attending, there are so many things to consider and it can tend to be a bit overwhelming. Here are things to consider:

Finding the right dress is a big decision, as many of these occasions are once in a lifetime events, and looking and feeling your most glamorous is what it’s all about!  So many choices to make even after you’ve found “that” dress!  What shoes, evening bag, jewelry and even finding the proper undergarments!  Ah, where would we be without those undergarments that lift, flatten and smooth?  Thank you Spanx!

Now if this whole process is not overwhelming enough we still have many other considerations such as:

  1. Banishing dry flaky skin and achieving a safe sun kissed glow.  We do that!
  2. Relaxing!  All these choices can make for tense muscles so a massage may be just what the doctor ordered!
  3. Hair:  Need a haircut, a new look, or a beautiful updo?
  4. Hair Color:  How about a color boost?  Add some bright highlights or go a shade lighter for summer!
  5. How’s the skin on your pretty face?  In need of moisture and some pampering prior to a professional makeup application?  Book a facial for a lovely glow.
  6. Take time to get those nails gorgeous with a relaxing pedicure and manicure.
  7. Finally, your makeup.  There is nothing like a professional makeup application to enhance your features and have you feeling oh so beautiful!  Dee, Co-owner here at Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa is unbelievably talented and will have you ready for your glam shot!

Here is our photo shoot with Margaret and Julie, two stunning young women who were our models for a day.  Gown, dress, jewelry and other accessories compliments of Helen Ainson here in Darien (proving they are not only #1 for Mother of the Bride/Groom – Formal Wear,  but also appeal to the younger crowd as well and have stunning sportswear too!)   Hair and makeup done by our amazingly talented team who labored over these looks to get them just right!

So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy our head-to-toe fashion/beauty shoot. Team Stefanou will have you turning a few heads!!

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Margaret arrives fresh faced and so pretty!
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Dee performs her magic (these two girls are so beautiful not much magic was needed!)
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Team Stefanou: Just a few of the talent that provided these looks!
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Wow! Margaret is ready to step out on the town!
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Perfect cut and color!
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The back of this dress is so unexpected! Sexy with an edge!
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Julie, our second model ready for her head to toe glam look!
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Precise and talented, Dee knows how to define eyes, cheekbones and lips so Julie will be camera ready!
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Updo time!
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This intricate updo shows off Julie’s shiny hair and gorgeous highlights
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The fishnet detail on this gown makes it a perfect choice for Julie’s prom!
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Margaret shows off her gown choice. Sleeveless gown with silver stud detail, keyhole neckline with plunging V.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall……

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A little evening bag with a bit of bling completes Margaret’s look…
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Julie is ready for a great evening!

Julie

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Stunning gown with fishnet and crystal beading. A small yet beautiful train adds to the elegance…
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A couple Swarovski Crystal pieces of jewelry for a touch of bling!
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Taking it outside on a beautiful spring day. These lovely ladies had the birds singing!

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Totally glam against the simplicity of a stone wall.

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Showing off the back detail of these beautiful gowns…..
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Julie in another drop dead gorgeous gown from Helen Ainson which compliments her elegant makeup and updo!

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Bringing Distinctive Beauty to our Clients Beyond all Dreams and Expectations. It’s What we are all About……… From Team Stefanou xoxo

New Talent in Our Salon: Welcome Paula!

Paula comes to us with over 30 years experience in the beauty industry as well as training with Jaques Dessange, Goldwell, Wella and Loreal.  She has a long list of clients who have followed her wherever she goes, and for good reason!  Paula is not your average hair professional!  After a visit with Paula you are guaranteed to leave feeling uplifted and beautiful!  Why?  Because not only does she come with serious skills in cut and color but she also takes the time to carefully analyze your skin tone, bone structure and hair type to suggest the perfect style and color for you!  She is meticulous when it comes to her work.  The cut is precision and although bubbly and so very friendly, during a cut she needs the client to remain still and quiet so she can totally concentrate on her art!  That’s not to say you can’t interrupt if there is something you have a question about!  This quiet allows her to be ultra focused and you will reap the rewards with a fabulous haircut that is sure to get a million compliments!

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When it comes to color, Paula looks at your skin tone and eye color and determines if you fall into the “cool” or “warm” category.  Somewhere in between would be “neutral”, not too cool and not too warm.  Once the color has been established she will perhaps suggest a few highlights that will enhance the shape of the cut and illuminate your face to show off your best features!

Maintenance is something Paula discusses with each client, as she wants to be sure that the cut and color you desire will fit into your lifestyle.  She also specializes in Keratin Complex and Brazillian Blowouts for shiny hair with no frizzies! Finally, she makes the health of your hair a top priority and always strives to maintain the integrity of the hair for a flawless and healthy look!  Need a new look?  Book an appointment with Paula and leave with a spring in your step!

There is new talent in our salon:  Welcome Paula!  Get to know her better with our Q and A below!

Q.  WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?

A.  “I love making people feel great about how they look.  I love the creativity and it makes me happy when a client leaves feeling beautiful”!

Q.  WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE IN THIS INDUSTRY?

A.  “Oh, you won’t believe it but I was only 15 and I started putting Jolene Bleach in people’s hair to give them highlights!  I was doing Balayage before there was Balayage”!

Q.  WHEN YOU AREN’T WORKING LONG HOURS MAKING OTHERS LOOK GORGEOUS, WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

A.  “I absolutely love to cook!  Anything from lasagna to soups and more!  It’s relaxing and cooking is also another form of creativity”!

Q.  WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO VACATION?

A.  “I love Bermuda with it’s light pink sand beaches!  It’s only a short plane trip and I can totally just relax on the beach with an icy cold island drink!”

Q.  WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SERVICES THAT YOU LIKE TO INDULGE IN AT OUR SALON?

A.  “Number one would have to be my eyelash extensions by Dee!  I’ve had them done other places and wasn’t totally happy.  Dee is an expert at what she does!  I couldn’t live without them!  Second would be a facial.  The facials are so relaxing and my skin feels amazing when I am done!  I’ve had facials with the Environ products and am super excited to try the new line from Paris by Sothys!”

We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Paula a little better!  We welcome her to our team of beauty professionals!  xo

 

How to Get Beachy Waves

As the warmer weather approaches it can be a bit more difficult to keep hair from frizzing or holding a style in the humidity.  Lucky us that the slightly messy beach waves we’ve been seeing on major celebs (Julianne Hough, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Alba, just to name a few!) is so hot this season!  You may think it is too difficult to master yourself but with the right products and one of these techniques, you’ll be looking like a Southern California beach babe in no time!  Here is how to get beachy waves yourself!

Happy good hair day!  xo

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  1.  After shampooing and conditioning, towel dry hair and apply a sea salt spray
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We love this one by KMS California

2.  Blow dry hair upside down to create volume and scrunch hair as you dry it.  Once it’s almost dry, flip hair back.

3.  You can add more waves by twirling hair back in sections and drying them a section at a time.  Let the section go once you give it a blast of cool air.

4.  For even more curl,  use a curling iron and curl each section wrapping hair around wand from the middle down and holding the bottom couple inches out of hair out of the wand.  Let waves cool completely before separating into pieces

5.  Use a Messing Cream to give that 2nd day messy hair look which is the signature of any beach wave gal!  Take a little in your hands and work through, gently scrunching to give a tousled look.  Don’t brush or comb but simply separate waves for that “piecy” look!

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Add texture and a sexy slept in look with KMS Messing Cream.

6.  Spray with a light hairspray to hold and you’re off!

P.S.  Long hair?  Braid while damp and sleep on your tresses.  Gently undo braids in the morning, separating and defining with Messing Cream.

 

Pamper Yourself With Our Complete Renewal Package

Do you feel like you are always running and never have time to just unwind?  We all are so busy in our lives with work, errands, social obligations, and the list goes on and on……  When was the last time you just took time for you?  It is actually proven that taking care of yourself with some pampering relieves stress and makes you feel happy!  When you feel happy and do nice things for yourself you can give more of yourself to your loved ones!

Let us tempt you to pamper yourself with our Complete Renewal Package!  Book a day just for you, or bring your daughter or best friend for a day you won’t soon forget!

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Enter our serene, inviting salon and spa and get ready to be pampered!
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You will have your own private locker to put all your clothing and valuables in and then slip into one of our luxurious plush robes and slippers! We provide you with fresh towels so the pampering can begin!

First up is a Eucalyptus Aromatherapy Steam Shower which is the perfect beginning to your special spa day!  To re-hydrate, sparkling water with lemon…..

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We will serve you sparking water with lemon to hydrate and the lemon helps detoxify.

Then it’s off to a fabulous Massage and a luxurious Facial.

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Calming spa music, glowing candles and the best quality skin care products will melt the stress away! We are determined to exceed your expectations…..

After your massage and facial you will be treated to a champagne lunch!

Then it’s time for our Signature Manicure and Pedicure……

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Our elegant nail room awaits you! You’ll get an amazing pedicure while sitting in our massage chairs and then a manicure which will leave your nails looking gorgeous!

Next up,  it’s on to a Deep Conditioning Treatment and Scalp Massage followed by a Shampoo, Cut and Style.  Fresh fruit and more sparkling water with lemon…..

For soft lovely hands we pamper you further with a Paraffin Hand Treatment…

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Your fabulous Complete Renewal Spa Day finishes with a Makeup Application

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Our makeup area awaits you so you will leave feeling gorgeous, relaxed and pampered!

Come into our Salon and Spa and leave your stress behind.  We want you to feel the difference that warm smiles and efficient service can make!

Our mission:  To bring distinctive beauty to our clients beyond all dreams and expectations.  It’s what we’re all about!

We look forward to pampering you from head to toe! xoxo

 

Fantasy Fashion and Glamour

We teamed up with the fashion experts at Helen Ainson here in Darien, Connecticut for a photo shoot in our salon, which featured beautiful gowns from their Rina di Montella Trunk Show which starts today and goes through Saturday.

Our talented Jasellynne worked her magic on model, Theresa’s long thick hair by created curls using a large barrel curling iron.  The curls were pinned into large pin curls and left to set while she was whisked off to makeup!  Dee transformed this natural beauty from fresh faced to stunning with her award winning makeup techniques!  As Theresa’s hair set, Dee created the perfect smokey eye using cream, taupe and deep purple eye shadow’s for an elegant yet sultry look.  She applied a few individual false eyelashes for an eye opening effect and used highlighter and contour to define her cheekbones.  Lastly, the finishing touch of makeup was a new lip color just in for spring called “Kiss & Tell” in a hot fuchsia matte color.  Jasellynne removed the pin curls and styled Theresa’s hair for that “Old Hollywood” glamour look!

All the gowns and jewelry are from Helen Ainson (click here to see more).  Enjoy this look at Fantasy Fashion and Glamour!  Do you have a special occasion coming up?  Call us to book your appointment and you’ll experience the difference from our talented, professional and friendly team!

xoxo  Enjoy!

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Dee works her magic while pin curls by Jasellynne set.
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So many cosmetics, but Dee knows exactly what to use!
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Our glamour girl is ready for her photo shoot! We love those fuchsia lips!!
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Our model, Theresa in an elegant Teal Green Gown with glamorous makeup and hair!
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Stunning in the Salon’s colors of grey, silver and white!
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Perfect makeup! We love the highlights on her cheekbones!
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Beautiful in blue on a gorgeous tufted white loveseat in the spa area of the salon. So serene!
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Teal Blue Jersey Gown really shows off the beautiful makeup and hair.
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More glamour!
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Stunning Cocktail Dress shows off long legs and that “Hollywood Glam!”
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We love the beading, the makeup, the hair……simply fabulous!

Thank you to our model, Theresa who showcased our makeup and hair and did such a fabulous job!

Photos:  Lauren Hampton.  All rights reserved. Photos may not be used without expressed permission.

 

 

Beauty Secrets From The Red Carpet

We loved watching the Oscars this past Sunday night and had our eyes peeled on all the amazing gowns, jewels, makeup and hair on all our favorite celebs!  Charlize Theron stunned in a red gown with subtle makeup, hair parted on the side and slicked back with a beautiful long necklace which accentuated her gown with a deep plunging neckline.  Best Actress winner, Brie Larson (winner for her role in “The Room) walked the Red Carpet in a showstopping sapphire blue gown by Gucci, which had a generously adorned jeweled belt, and a gentle cascade of ruffles that went down to the bottom of the gown’s train.  There were other standout gowns (too many to name!) and lots of white gowns (maybe to show off that California tan/Spray tan?).   We noticed lots of bold red lips, hair off the face which was either pulled back in buns or worn half up and half down.  Other trends we saw were gowns off the shoulder and statement earrings.

That aside, we saw one dewy skinned beauty after another with perfect hair and makeup and not a panty line in sight!  So how do these famous celebrities get so glam?  We did some sleuthing and are sharing with you some beauty secrets from the Red Carpet!

xoxo

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SHHHHHH! Beauty Secrets From Hollywood!

DEWY SKIN:  For a dewy glow first apply primer then mix a skin illuminator with some foundation and apply.  This will give a glow, as it reflects light to give skin a fresh faced look.  We have also heard of beauty pros using a couple drops of argan oil mixed with foundation for luminous skin.

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Dewy Skin

TRY A BRONZER:  Look for a natural looking bronzer in a pinkish-brown shade and avoid anything orange looking or anything with metallic, as it can make your pores appear larger and emphasize wrinkles.

GIVE YOUR HAIR A BOOST:  Give hair a boost by putting on hairspray from underneath which will give roots a lift.

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Apply Hairspray Under Hair For Lift.

LIMIT SUGAR AND CARBS AND GET A FITBIT:  Many of Hollywood’s trainers have their clients limit sugar and carbs for weeks before the big night.  They also recommend a Fitbit which keeps track of the amount of steps walked in a day.  As the Awards approach, they up the amount of steps their clients should walk to burn extra calories.

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Get your Fitbit. Click here for their website.

WIG TAPE?  Yes, you heard correctly!  Wig Tape is used to keep parts of their gowns in place (i.e. plunging necklines!).  You can find this at your local beauty supply store or on Amazon.

USE A FIGURE SHAPER:  Shapers, like Spanx (which offer lots of options for every figure) make body-hugging gowns and dresses look better by flattening your tummy and taking pounds off visually, creating a waist and a tighter butt!

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From Spanx’s Website (how clever!). Click here to go to their site.
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Magic! Spanx’s Thinstincts flatten tummy and make everything you put on top look better! Click here to see more!

NO MORE PANTY LINES:  Dresses that are clingy and show off your figure are sexy but panty lines are not!  Combat this dilemma by cutting the legs off of a pair of nylons and you will have a thin pair of undetectable boy shorts!

NIX THE STATIC/FLY-AWAY HAIR:  Lightly touch hair with an unscented dryer sheet to keep static at bay.  Save the sheet for your next dryer load (celebs also like eco friendly so using this for two purposes is something you can feel good about).

SUPER CURL:  We aren’t talking about the hair on your head here.  We are referring to your lovely lashes!  For extra curl, heat your eyelash curler with your blow dryer.  Curl while still warm (NEVER hot!…ouch!) and apply mascara!

PERFECT WINGED LINER:  Get that “Cat-Eye” look with Scotch Tape!  For perfect winged liner apply the tape from the corner of your eye toward the temple.  Line your eye, following upwards with the tape as your guide.  Remove tape and voila!  Perfect lines!  Can you say “meow”!?  Please…. as a side note DO NOT use duct tape or other harsh tape which can rip at delicate skin.  Scotch also makes a tape called “Expressions” which is almost like a “Post-it-Note” tape which is less sticky and even gentler than the regular Scotch Tape).  See what works for you.

WANT ALL NIGHT LIP COLOR?  Mixing a bit of red cherry Jello powder with some vaseline and rubbing on your bare lips will give instant color.  Even after your lipstick (if you put some on over it) has worn off, the red color from the Jello will still have your pucker looking great!  Who said Jello was just for kids?

PLUMP UP THE VOLUME:  Want a plumper pout?  Try Cinnamon Oil which will puff up lips.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  Some people are allergic to Cinnamon Oil so it is extremely important to test a small area before applying to your lips!

SMILE:  It makes everyone more beautiful and costs nothing!

 

Andrew and Dee’s Love Story

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With Valentine’s Day arriving tomorrow, we thought we would share with you the very special love story of our Owners, Andrew and Dee Stefanou!

Dee was born right here in Fairfield County, Connecticut where she attended The National Academy of Cosmetology in Stamford, Connecticut.  After graduating, she went on to specialize in the art of makeup, where she won several awards for design and makeup (she’s way too humble to tell you this stuff, so we had to pry it out of her!).  Dee worked in New York City at several very upscale salons and ended up landing a job at Noelle Day Spa in Stamford, Connecticut.

Cut to Andrew:

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Beautiful Cyprus! We would love to be here instead of sitting in 10 degree temps!

Andrew was born and raised in Cyprus, an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Syria and Turkey.  He attended school there through high school, where he received an outstanding education, as Cyprus is known for their high quality of schooling.  Andrew left Cyprus to attend Fordham University in New York and graduated with a Masters Degree in Economics.  After graduation he landed a position at a high-end salon and spa in Stamford, Connecticut.  What salon and spa?  Hmmmnn, well of course the same one Dee was working at!  This is where he first spotted the love of his life!  It was instant attraction and love at first sight (especially for Andrew, and who could blame him?!).  These lovebirds began dating exclusively in 1991 and subsequently tied the knot 5 years later!  It wasn’t long before their first child, a beautiful baby girl arrived, whom they named Alexandria.  Two years later they welcomed their handsome son, Theo and this family of four settled into life in Connecticut.

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Dee and Andrew decided to open their own salon and spa in 2011 with a very special concept!  Their vision was a serene, elegant, welcoming spa and salon, where they would only employ the very best talent in every area of their business.  Dee and Andrew’s vision was that each person walking into their salon and spa feel the warmth and kindness they exude (as well as each professional team member), and also know that they were receiving the very best service from their talented and professional team!  They both wanted to differentiate themselves from other spas in the area, and offer clients a medical grade spa (not all spas are created equal!), as well as to be a “cutting edge” salon that keeps up on all the latest in procedures, techniques and products.  Their salon and spa would also be affiliated with a top Plastic Surgeon, with whom they would work with to give clients the entire package.  Today they are affiliated with Dr. Frederic Newman of The Aesthetic Surgery Center of Darien.

These lovebirds will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and Andrew, ever the romantic will whisk his love off to an exotic, romantic destination (as he does every year!) where they can rest, rejuvenate and rekindle!  Dee shows Andrew her love and kindness every night by cooking him dinner, even after a long 12 to 14 hour day (now, that’s love!). Though they spend long hours together at work, and spend what little “free” time they have with each other as well, this beautiful couple manages to juggle it all, and still be each others Valentine year after year!

Happy Valentine’s Day Andrew and Dee!